HC Deb 27 May 1963 vol 678 cc80-1W
52. Mr. David James

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs whether, in order to recognise the value put into their own homes for bona fide members of self-build housing societies and to encourage self-help in solving the housing shortage, he will introduce immediate legislation to empower the National Assistance Board to institute a rate supplement scheme on a code basis for members of such societies who are not paying the standard rate of Income Tax, such supplements, as a reduction in their personal liability, to be paid direct to the rating authority by the Board.

Mr. Corfield

No. While their initiative in providing themselves with houses at lower cost is admirable, my right hon. Friend does not regard it as sufficient reason for requiring other taxpayers to pay part of their rates for them. I am sure that before contemplating relief for any group of ratepayers we must wait for the Allen Committee to establish the facts about the impact of rates on different sections of the community and different income groups.

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